Lawrence Berkeley Lab Reviews

Updated March 12, 2015
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  1. Excellent Internship

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    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Berkeley, CA
    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    As a summer intern, I learned a great deal and regularly had opportunities to gain hands-on technical experience. I also had the opportunity to design my own experiment by the end of the summer, and I was asked back for a further summer internship.

    Cons

    My experience was so positive overall it's hard to come up with any "cons".

    Recommends
  2. Research Associate

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and working environment. I was fully included in all aspects of the research and never felt that I was less valued than those with higher degrees. Exciting and interesting research. Flexible scheduling. Training provided on-site.

    Cons

    Higher level positions require advanced degrees, especially PhDs. Since certain equipment and lab space is shared between groups, use of those devices/areas must be scheduled out in advance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Cutting edge research, nice work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Tremendous research opportunities
    Good work-life balance
    Great team outings, retreats
    Opportunities for publications and attending conferences

    Cons

    Pay 35% below industry average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer competitive compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Graduate Student Researcher

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for research
    Good work environment

    Cons

    Not too many
    No real complaints

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Excellent place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Academic research environment, expanding your personal knowledge is encouraged, friendly coworkers, physically beautiful site, perks of being associated with the University of California

    Cons

    Can't quite match private-sector pay, reliance on soft money

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. very smart people, but continuous funding uncertainty

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab

    Pros

    Great science, extraordinary thinkers, technological innovation, access to cutting edge research tools.

    Cons

    Continuous pressure on R&D funding makes every day a scramble to keep yourself funded.

    Neutral Outlook
  8. Good enviroment to work.

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    Current Employee - Physicist Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Physicist Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice people, excellent views

    Cons

    Too burocratic, funding is not great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the number of burocrats and technicians

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Undergraduate Researcher Intern

    Former Intern - Undergraduate Research Assistant in UC Berkeley, CA
    Former Intern - Undergraduate Research Assistant in UC Berkeley, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Hours can be flexible with mentor approval. Get to participate in functions such as Barbecue events and small get togethers like picnic.

    Cons

    Lot of work some days and other days not so much. Inconsistent in this regard. Some employees are unqualified for the position and eat up the company's money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More organization with duties and responsibilities for the day.

  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Good place when you have good supervisor, but can be too focused on year-to-year funding cycles without long term view

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A world-class institute for science means that you are surrounded by talented and curious peers. The pay and compensation are good with great benefits.

    Cons

    Hardest part is that lab does not have long term funding commitments for staff. Instead you and your supervisor need to be continually developing relationships with DOE funders and matching your skills with program manager interests. Since turnover rates for DOE program managers can be high, you end up without clear long term direction required for good science.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management can improve process for identifying strategic research areas and providing an environment for researchers to get work done in that area without chasing latest trends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful view from most of the campus; Great colleagues that are smart and in the know on a variety of current technology and scientific research; Cool events happening all the time; I had very flexible hours, but this might not be true for everyone.

    Cons

    No major drawbacks--lots of training (ergonomic, lab safety, etc.), but that is probably a good thing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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